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This isnt my computer its a friends of mine so I couldnt get my hands on it. Anyways here goes: When turned on the message non-system disk error occured, there was no disk in the floppy drive, so I had her disconnect the floppy drive all together to rule that out. When this was disconnected this message appeared: 601-diskette controller error The drive is not installed correctly or has failed. Make sure that power and drive cables are connected, both to the drive and the system board. Also verify that the cables are the correct cables for your computer model. If this message persists, you may need service for your PC. Im assuming this was a result of disconnecting the floppy, but I want to find out whats wrong with this computer. Im thinking corrupt hard drive does anyone have any suggestions?
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Disable the floppy in the bios this will rule out the floppy drive. if that dont work.... post and give me a sec.
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It sounds like it's not detecting the hard drive, wiggle the power for the hard drive a little. Or try pulling it about a 1/4 of the way out.
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Does it even show the Hd in the bios?
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Originally Posted by Justken_4ever View Post
Does it even show the Hd in the bios?
Yes Hard Drive is shown in BIOS. Im on the phone with her now, trying to find where to disable the floppy in the BIOS. It would be easy if it was in front of me.

Anyone know what it would be under?
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Usally its under the 1st menu in bios. to make the Hd boot if they have Xp tell them to:
1: Put in the Xp Cd,
2: Boot from it,
3: Open system repair,(press r)
4: type fixmbr,
that should do it.
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Originally Posted by Justken_4ever View Post
Usally its under the 1st menu in bios. to make the Hd boot if they have Xp tell them to:
1: Put in the Xp Cd,
2: Boot from it,
3: Open system repair,(press r)
4: type fixmbr,
that should do it.

Its an old computer no XP and no system disk =(. I managed to get her to diasable the floppy disk controller but that isnt the correct one is it?
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Make sure the HDD in question is Connected to the motherboard fully with an IDE cable and make sure that the HDD is securly connected up to the IDE cable and the PSU molex line.

Apart from this make sure that the HDD is set to Master if its not sharin with any other devices on that IDE..

Also perform a CMOS reset .

I would also be inclined to try a new IDE cable.
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If its a win98 or below you can sys c: to make it boot, I think the steps I used for Xp will work for win 2000. You disabled the floppy controller to rule out the floopy drive.
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Originally Posted by Justken_4ever View Post
If its a win98 or below you can sys c: to make it boot, I think the steps I used for Xp will work for win 2000. You disabled the floppy controller to rule out the floopy drive.
Thanks for all your help guys. Im pretty sure shes got a corrupt hard drive. We disabled the controller, verified all cables were properly seated, still no dice. She didnt have an extra IDE cable to try so shes gonna take it to best buy and have them throw a hard drive in and make sure this is the problem. Again thanks to everyone that helped REP+.
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